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Les Chutes des Montmonency

After a wild night of thunderstorms, we jumped on our bikes yesterday to head east on the Route Verte 5. These green route paths offer over 3000 km of paved bike paths! No cars!!

Another city, Quebec, that we love. Great bike and walking paths. And on Monday which was National Holiday we saw how people take advantage of these paths. My theory is cities with these areas, like Ottawa and Quebec, have people who get outside more and that makes for happier people. In both these cities we’ve met wonderfully helpful and friendly people.

Back to yesterday’s outing. We set out to go see the Falls of Montmonency which was supposed to be approximately 16 km from hotel, past Old Town. So we headed out and after biking 12 miles we hit a deadend for the bike path. We missed a turn, but did get to ride along the Charles River, which was very scenic. It turned out to be a pretty humid and hot day. So by the time we got to the Falls we were hot and sweaty. These Falls are higher than Niagara but not as wide, still a pretty sight. 

Ate our picnic lunch, including a Leffe for Joe. I’ll admit to swiping a few sips, and off we rode home. BUT by now there was a nasty headwind. After 32 miles we finally made it back to the hotel, salt encrusted and ready for the pool. Boy, did that feel good. 

The plan was then to take bus downtown, have dinner and then get in line to see free Cirq du Soleil (twice a week they have 45 min free show). All went as planned until halfway through dinner it turned really cold and windy. Really cold, winter parka cold. Umbrella blow away windy, too. So we headed to Cirq tent after wonderful Italian dinner and saw many people heading our way, show was cancelled due to high winds. Back to the bus stop with wind whipping around us. BTW we refer to ourselves now as the ‘yellow people’ since we each have the same yellow biking jackets. Next to the bus stop was a rarety, a phone booth! So the yellow people squished into the booth to try to stay warm. People and especially kids were very amused when they saw us. 

Again, we had excellent timing. Back in the hotel roomwith glasses of wine/beer in hand, the skies opened up to wild, windy downpour. The wind has continued all night so we’re having a quiet day hanging at hotel. Agenda of reading, consuming vast amounts of tea, eating, pack up bikes and head to town via bus early evening for 8 pm overnight trainto Moncton. Am sad, this is our last train ride. In Moncton will rent car to drive to PEI (Prince Edward Island) then on to Halifax. Not sure if we will have internet on PEI.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
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Tin roofs everywhere in Canada – shiny!

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
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Chateau Frontenac

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Quebec Old City

Rode bike path (Route Verte 5) from very close to hotel all the way into Old Town. The path is along the St. Lawrence River. The are beautifully crafted wooden benches, artwork, and drinking fountains along the way. Old Town is touristy but not overdone, all of the old buildings, most from 17 hundreds, are restored very artfully. Every major town we have been to has a Fairmont hotel that is in the largest castle in town, it’s the same here. Ended up locking up the bikes and walking all over town, including to the Citadel, total of 5 miles!!

Rode back and it started to rain a little, jumped in pool to cool off and it started to really rain. In room sipping wine/beer watching lightning and heavy rain and listening to thunder! Munching Ritz crackers with hummus and some with peanut butter. Relaxing once again.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Finally got it right!

Wouldn’t you know it! It’s getting toward the end of trip and getting it down on  how to best get around. Asked about buses at rail station ($3 cdn versus usually~$24 for cab, besides it’s really hard for us to fit in taxi unless it’s a van and not too many of those available) for a bus that would get us within 7 – 10 min walk to hotel, on bus asked driver and he gave us info on better connection by tranferring to another bus which ended up dropping us off right in front of hotel. Again we’re outside of town (approx 12 km) so quiet and we are in hotel where you can open windows and have pool (which we swam in after day of traveling). Did a grocery run for breakfaxxdst, picnic and dinner (salad) stuff, picked up to go pizza and had lots of wine (Joe had Leffe, Belgian beer) and chocolate chip cookies.  So we walked, railed, and bused today!

All of us are resting in bed, watching Netflix. Jan and I are watching The Big C,which is laugh outloud funny. Joe’s watching some macho action flick.

Books: after reading 3 autobiographies have moved to sci-fi romance tromp, very engaging, mindless and entertaining. Linnea Sinclair, Shades of Dark.

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Traveling in style

Have facing seats with large table between us. Ideal for spreading out our picnic lunch. A little over 3 hr rail ride from Montreal to Quebec City. We have internet access too! 

Looks like we will definitely be biking this city which boasts over 70 km of trails in the City. Hardest part is figuring out what we want to see. 

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
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Dining on Via Rail – Montreal to Quebec City

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Uncategorized